Sheriff's office filling three slots
Columbia County Sheriff's Office is seeking to fill three positions formerly left open because of a countywide hiring freeze implemented by county commissioners in May.
Commissioners moved to lift the freeze on the three jobs Tuesday because of their critical nature, commission Chairman Pete Brodie said.
The positions are a 911 dispatcher, a detention center jailer and a court bailiff.
"We can begin to act to fill those positions immediately," said Sheriff's Maj. Mike Tomberlin.
House fire injures man
A Martinez man suffered second- and third-degree burns in an early-morning house fire Wednesday at 315 Candlewood Drive, said Martinez Fire Department Battalion Chief Roy Mitchell.
Arthur Bolton, 49, suffered burns to his back and lower body and was taken to the burn unit at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.
Another resident, Janet Zabaglo, was treated for smoke inhalation and released, and her son - who alerted the others to the fire - was uninjured.
Two Martinez Fire Department engine companies responded to the fire at about 2 a.m. and were able to control the blaze in about 15 minutes, Chief Mitchell said. The house sustained considerable smoke and fire damage, he said.
Flemming joins House race
AIKEN - Libertarian Sarah Flemming has joined the race for the S.C. House District 81 seat now held by Republican Rudy Mason of Aiken, according to Tom King, chairman of the Aiken County Libertarian Party.
Mr. Mason must face fellow Republican Rebekah Sutherland in the Aug. 12 primary for his party's nomination. The winner of that contest will face Democrat Brian Lisk and Mrs. Flemming in November.
Mrs. Flemming said she is standing for election "to give District 81 residents a real choice to vote for more freedom and a limited constitutional government. What they choose to do with that choice is up to them."
Mrs. Flemming and her husband Floyd live in Aiken, where she operates a computer consultant business.
Suspect arrested in Florida
AIKEN - A man wanted for the rape and armed robbery of a Greenville, S.C., woman was arrested Tuesday evening in Jacksonville, Fla., authorities said.
Lt. Michael Frank of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, which assisted in the investigation, said Perry Young, a 33-year-old Lake City, S.C., man was being held by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for extradition to Marion County, S.C.
Authorities say Mr. Young robbed and raped a woman after she stopped to assist him early last Sunday morning. The incident occurred in Marion County, but the victim was confined to the trunk of her Toyota Camry until she managed to kick down the back seat and jump from her car on Whiskey Road in Aiken County. Passing motorists stopped to assist the victim and to notify the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. The suspect escaped on S.C. Highway 19 South.
When he was apprehended, Mr. Young was driving the victim's car.
He is accused of raping the woman and then using her ATM card to withdraw money from automated tellers near Florence and Columbia.
Rowing set for Langley Pond
AIKEN - Rowers from across the Southeast will gather on Langley Pond this weekend for the Southeastern Rowing Regatta. More than 225 participants are expected to compete in the event.
A practice session for competitors will be held Friday. Competition begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and will conclude at 1 p.m. daily. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, contact Brian Sanders, director of the Aiken County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (803) 642-7559.
Grant applications taken
The Junior League of Augusta is accepting grant applications from nonprofit community organizations in Richmond and Columbia counties.
The women's volunteer group gives dozens of grants for special projects and needs to local nonprofit organizations every year. The grants usually range in size from $150 to $300, said Junior League Secretary Lenore Crowley.
"We don't fund thousand-dollar projects, instead we try to distribute to as many as possible," she said.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit and tax-exempt agency with a local board and submit their application by Sept. 15.
For more information, or to receive an application, write to the Junior League of Augusta Inc., 435 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta, Ga. 30909, attention Donna Burnside, or call 736-0033.
Aiken Tech receives donation
AIKEN - Aiken Technical College received a $25,000 donation from the SCANA Corp. on Tuesday.
The money will fund the institution's Anniversary Campaign, a part of the college's overall strategy to become a premier information and technological education resource center. The donation was the first installment of a three-year, $75,000 commitment. Aiken Tech President Kathy Noble said SCANA's contribution has helped place the college at well over its fund-raising goal for the campaign.
Toxic chemical kills woman
ATLANTA - A toxic chemical used in insecticides killed one woman and sickened another Wednesday after they swallowed it. The two women then contaminated a doctor and paramedics trying to save their lives, a hospital spokeswoman said.
A DeKalb Medical Center doctor treating the women was overcome by the toxic chemical, said hospital spokeswoman Linda Tierney.
The two women, whose names were not immediately released, were taken from their home to the hospital by ambulance at about 2 p.m., Ms. Tierney said.
Fund to maintain sculptures
ATLANTA - As one of its last acts, the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta will put its last $100,000 into an endowment fund to maintain outdoor sculptures commissioned for the 1996 Summer Games.
The special fund will cover the cost of a conservator who will inspect the artwork twice a year and oversee special maintenance and restoration, said corporation design director Randal Roark. He estimates it will cost about $10,000 a year to keep the art in pristine condition.
- Compiled by Jennifer Goodwin Miller